Alumni of the Week: Jessica Santana ’11 & Ross Burack ’11 Featured on Forbes “30 Under 30” Lists


Jessica Santana
, ajessica1000_1000_robinson-santana 2011 Whitman alumnus who also earned a graduate degree at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) in 2013, was included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Education. She co-created New York On Tech, a nonprofit organization that provides pathways for underrepresented New York City high school students into the field of technology. New York on Tech co-creator and fellow Syracuse University alumna Evin Robinson ’12, G ’14 was also included on the list. (pictured left to right: Robinson and Santana)




Ross Burack (pictured left) is listed among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Food and Drink. He graduated from Whitman with a degree in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises in 2011. As detailed in his Forbes’ feature, Burack was working in Manhattan in commercial real estate leasing and noticed that fast-casual restaurants were leasing a significant number of spaces. This realization and his aspiration of opening something with a Mexican flare fueled the creation of Choza. Today, there are four Choza locations in the city.

Alison Kessler

Alison Kessler is the alumni publications and outreach manager at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications in the corporate, agency, not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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